FFFC: Please introduce yourself to our readers.
JA: Hi, My name is Jules. I’m a wife, a mother to 2 young boys, a trained nurse/midwife & ACE certified personal trainer.
FFFC: How did you get started in fitness and working out?
JA: I’ve always been active. But when I had my 1st child I gained a lot of weight (6 stones) to be exact. After the birth I went on a liquid diet & lost the weight pretty fast. But I was miserable, hungry & always tired. When I went back to eating real food I immediately started gaining weight so I had to be extreme with my exercise to keep the weight off. It was tough, because the liquid diet had messed up my metabolism.
When I had my 2nd child, again I gained lots of weight; I tipped the scales at 116kg. I wanted to loss the weight but I knew without a doubt that I didn’t want to do the liquid diet. It had taken almost 3 years to rebuild my metabolism, no way was I doing that again!
I cleaned up my eating and started exercising at home. I bought some dumbbells, punching bags, kettle bells & running shoes. 6 months later I lost almost 100lbs; 98.6lbs to the exact.
FFFC: Why and how did you make fitness your career choice?
JA: Now that’s a long story but the short version is……….Although I loved my job (midwifery) I wasn’t passionate about it. I wanted to do something I was passionate about. I prayed about finding my passion for a long time, over 10 years. One day during a causal telephone chat with a family member I had an aha!moment. I found it. Fitness was my passion. So I thought, I’ve got to get certified.
FFFC: How do you balance making time to get in your workouts with the demands of your career and personal life?
JA: I steal time. In the summer months I wake up early (5am) & get my workout in b4 the day starts. Sometimes while my kids are at their sports I go for a run instead of sitting & chatting with other mums. Also I don’t do long exercise. They aren’t necessary anyway. 40-60mins and I’m good.
FFFC: What do you like most about working out?
JA: What’s there not to like?! The feeling that I have just spent time investing in my health; that’s got to be worth everything.
FFFC: What types of workouts do you create for your clients?
JA: Usually body weight exercises. A good mix of cardio & strength training.
FFFC: What is your favorite exercise routine?
JA: Plyometric, push ups.
FFFC: What do you consider the most useful workout equipment?
JA: Your body! Nothing beats body weight exercise. Close 2nd will be a set of weights; kettle bells, dumbbells or barbells.
FFFC: What do you think is the biggest misconception about this field and what you do?
JA: Weights make women bulky. A toned lady is masculine. I’m sick of hearing it.
FFFC: What general tips do you have for the average woman trying to balance family, career with a fitness lifestyle?
JA: Steal time! Everyone has some dead time. Review point 4.
FFFC: Do you have any words of wisdom to share with our readers who continue to struggle with poor eating and drinking choices and habits?
JA: My motto is “one meal, one workout, one day at a time”. Set small daily goals. Set small daily/weekly targets.
FFFC: What would you say is your biggest career accomplishment to date?
JA: Starting my own fitness business independently.
FFFC: Who is your fitness idol?
JA: Shaun T. I love the way he trains. “Go hard or go home approach. There’s no point to spending 2 hours exercising. Hit it hard for 40-60mins finish & go spend time with your family.
FFFC: How can our readers find you on the web and inquire about your services?